POLYPHONY: Voices of New Mexico

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Vocal Roster — December 2012

Edin Archuleta  
Edin Archuleta, soprano, was born and raised in Albuquerque. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico pursuing a B.A. in music with an emphasis in vocal performance. Edin currently sings with the UNM women's ensemble Las Cantantes directed by Maxine Thévenot. In addition to studying at UNM, Ms. Archuleta sings with the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, directed by Roger Melone, during which they toured in Vail, Colorado and performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Furthermore, Edin has performed in UNM's opera productions including Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci; Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto; Giacomo Pucinni's Madama Butterfly; W. A. Mozart's The Magic Flute. Edin hopes to go to graduate school and continue pursuing her music career.
Lauren Butcher  
Lauren Butcher began singing as a second-grade church chorister and has not stopped yet. Her choirs have taken her across Europe and the United States. She now sings with the Cathedral Choir of St. John's. As an inaugural member of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, she is thrilled to return to the group. When she is not in choir rehearsal, Lauren studies for her graduate degree in education at the University of New Mexico.
Joelle Chase  
Joelle Chase joins Polyphony for a season, singing Soprano. New to Albuquerque, she has most recently sung with St. John's Cathedral Choir, directed by Dr. Maxine Thévenot. Joelle's work at the Center for Action and Contemplation includes composing, performing, and coordinating music for conferences and other events featuring Franciscan Richard Rohr. Her musical experience began in childhood, listening to her parents perform, conduct, and teach music (organ, piano, bells, and voice) and learning violin, piano, and voice through formal lessons. She has participated in school and church choirs all her life, including the select choir of Andrews University – University Singers – and traveled to Chile and the Bahamas on tour. As a newlywed, Joelle is becoming better acquainted with the timbre and tone of her husband's (often off-key) voice. She is currently using her Bachelors in Elementary Education to train their two dogs.
Brianne Connor  
Brianne Conner holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Behavioral Science from East Texas Baptist University. Brianne is a founding member of Polyphony. In addition to Polyphony, Brianne sings with the choir at The Cathedral of St John. Her choral experiences have taken her to England, Italy, South Korea, and China, as well as throughout the United States to participate in festivals, services and performances. She runs Facilitating Change LLC, a training and consulting business in the developmental disability field. She has recently returned to school to work on a Master of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico. She has the joy of making music with two amazing children and a wonderful husband who support her and cheer her on everyday.
Rebecca Hellbom  
Rebecca Hellbom, soprano, was born and raised in Västerås, Sweden. She moved to Albuquerque in August 2008, and is currently a student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a major in vocal performance under the direction of Sam Shepperson. She is an alumnus of the UNM Women’s Golf Team, and the Swedish National Golf Team. Furthermore, Miss Hellbom is a section leader at The Cathedral of St John, under the direction of Dr. Maxine Thévenot. She has travelled with the Cathedral Choir on tours to both England and NYC. After graduating from UNM in December, she is applying to the Opera Conservatory in Stockholm, Sweden. A future dream is to join an opera company. With the UNM Opera Studio Rebecca has performed the roles of Dorabella from Così fan tutte, Marcellina from Le nozze di Figaro, and Donna Anna from Don Giovanni. This fall she was cast as Rosalinda from Die Fledermaus. Besides opera, she loves baroque and early music.
Jenna Kloeppel  
Soprano Jenna Kloeppel sings her first season with Polyphony this winter. Jenna graduated from The George Washington University in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and Art History. During her time as an undergraduate, she performed with George Washington University Singers, Chamber Choir, Sirens A Cappella, and regularly participated in opera scenes, with roles such as the Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute and Celie in Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso. Jenna was a featured soloist in both University Singers and Chamber Choir, and in 2004 performed at the Kennedy Center with the latter group. Jenna is currently working towards a M.A. in Art History at UNM, and is delighted to be performing with Polyphony.
Mary Quinn  
Mary Quinn has spent a lifetime singing in choirs. In college she began to specialize in early music under the direction of Paul Hillier, with whom she also studied choral conducting. Since then she has sung extensively in both professional and semi-professional early music groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially those dedicated to the music of J. S. Bach. While receiving her PhD in Spanish literature at U.C. Berkeley, she translated numerous Spanish sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music texts for professional performance, including the seventeenth-century zarzuela, Salir el Amor del mundo. She has published articles and presented papers on Spanish renaissance texts and music. Her forthcoming book, The Moor and the Novel: Narrating Absence in Early Modern Spain, engages both literature and history to uncover fundamental connections between nationalist violence, religious identity, and the birth of the novel. She is a member of the faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico.
Ashli Hargrave  
Ashli Hargrave is a student at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She has studied Vocal Performance and Psychology since 2007. Ashli has been a member of Las Cantantes and The UNM Concert Choir and has performed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with "Teatro Nuevo México" (TNM) in the Zarzuela series as both a chorus member and a supporting lead. This is her first time performing with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Johanna Sindelar  
Johanna Sindelar, soprano, is one of the founding members of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She currently sings with The Cathedral of St. John Choir and has also sung with Canticum Novum, Cantat, and the Sangre de Christo Chorale. Johanna has been singing and playing violin since childhood and particularly enjoys renaissance and baroque music. She is also a violinist in the Turquoise Trail Trio, which has performed at various Santa Fe and Albuquerque venues. Johanna holds degrees in English and Psychology and lives off-grid near Madrid, NM with her husband Allan, three teenagers and an assortment of dogs, cats and ferrets. Johanna is excited to be singing with this ensemble.
Meredith Wilder  
Meredith Wilder graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While attending UNM, she sang with the women's choir Las Cantantes and the Concert Choir in the first four years of her undergrad. Currently she sings with St. John's Cathedral Choir and is a returning member of Polyphony. Outside of the choral world, Meredith is a member of the band Wildewood and is passionate about the local band scene in Albuquerque. She feels blessed to work with so many talented musicians.
Kate Winchester  
Kate Winchester, soprano, won Asbury College’s concerto competition her senior year. She was the soprano soloist for Symphonic Choir in Westminster Choir College’s Readings and Carols concert in December of 2009 and recently sang Echo in a scene from Ariadne auf Naxos, performed with orchestra. She graduated in May ’11 from Westminster Choir College with an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedgagogy where she studied with Metropolitan Opera alumna Sharon Sweet. She has since continued her private vocal study with Prof. Jennifer Trost of Penn State University and Edmund Connolly in Albuquerque, NM. She currently resides in Albuquerque, where she runs a private voice studio. She can be found online at www.katewinchester.com.
Renee Motteler  
Renée Motteler is a Grammy® Award winning member of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, who received the award for Best Small Ensemble in 2006 for the album Padilla: Sun of Justice. She moved to Albuquerque from Southern California and serves as the alto section leader at The Cathedral Church of St. John. Renée received her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach, in 2006. Renée has performed all over the world with jazz choirs and as a soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ozone Jazz Festival, Neuchatel Jazz Festival, IAJE, Cuesta College Jazz Festival, and the Berkeley Jazz Festival, among others. In California, she was the cantor, alto section leader, and assistant conductor at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Long Beach for 15 years. Renée has taught elementary through college age students subjects including vocal jazz, beginning music, choir, band, orchestra, and private voice lessons. Renée has appeared in television commercials, on the radio, and has worked in the studio recording demo tapes for composers of classical, show tunes, jazz, and rock music, as well as recording jingles used commercially. Renée is a returning member of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Jessica Wachs  
Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Jessica Wachs has had several accomplishments in various genres of vocal music. She has also been gifted with opportunities to perform in exciting places including the capitol building of New Mexico, Albuquerque’s Kiva 1550-AM radio station and LSRfm radio in Leeds, England. As well as being a member of the UNM Jazz Choir, Jessica has been in the University of New Mexico’s women’s chorus, Las Cantantes, and in Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. With those choirs, she took part in successful recording projects. Jessica has also been a backup vocals recording artist for multiple country and Christian albums including one for the Australian band, Brooks and Magee. Most recently, Jessica has performed as the jazz vocalist for the Leeds University Big Band in the United Kingdom. There, she was also one of the members of the award-winning a cappella choir, 95 keys, which won the award for best arrangement at Voice Festival, UK. Currently, Jessica is the founder and organizer of the only jazz/pop a cappella choir on campus at UNM. She is also a passionate member of the Cathedral Choir at the Cathedral of St. John.
Denise Wernly  
Denise Wernly is a mezzo-soprano from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She recently finished her Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Patricia McCaffrey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University, where she performed the roles of Anna Gomez in The Consul and Gianetta in The Elixir of Love. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Northwestern University Symphonic Band and the Northwestern University Chapel Choir. She will be performing with the New Mexico Bach Society and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico this coming season.
Trish Henning  
Trish Henning, alto, has sung in choirs since middle school. On the faculty at UNM—in the Physics and Astronomy department—she has sung with the University's women's ensemble, Las Cantantes, and more recently with the Concert Choir, under the direction of Honorary Board member of PVNM, Bradley Ellingboe. She performed for several years in the a capella Renaissance group, Quodlibet, and is currently also singing with Quintessence. Before moving to Albuquerque in 1993, she sang in two ensembles in The Netherlands. Her experience with women's choirs started with her singing in the Wellesley College Choir. She currently studies voice with Jacqueline Zander-Wall. At UNM, she conducts research on galaxies using radio telescopes around the world, and teaches various astronomy courses, as well as the Musical Acoustics physics class. Her doctorate is from the University of Maryland, in astronomy, and she finds music to be the perfect balance for a life in science. This is her third season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
Alyssa Landahl  
Alyssa Landahl is a transplant from the Boston, Mass. area and is enjoying immersing herself in the New Mexico music scene. In New Mexico she has sung with the UNM Chorus, Las Cantantes, Quintessence, and is currently a member of The Cathedral of St. John Choir and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. In Boston she sang with the Back Bay Chorale (inc. conductors Julian Wachner, Scott Jarrett, and Jim Olesen), the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Boston Pops Holiday Chorus (conductor Bruce Hangen), and the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. In her "free time" she has been a high school history teacher and the operations manager for the Back Bay Chorale. She and her husband, Andrew, are parents of a 4-year old son, William, who proudly sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and the "Star Spangled Banner" every night before bed — CD to be released soon.

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Dr. Maxine Thévenot

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